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The 4th ministerial-level meeting of the EU-OPEC energy dialogue took place on 21 June in Vienna. The European Commission issued a press release on the outcome of the meeting. The EU delegation tried to ease OPEC’s fears of the bloc’s biofuels policy. In March 2007, the EU Council set the member states a 10% minimum… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences in the US has raised serious questions marks about America’s coal reserves, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune today. The report recommends the federal government to undertake a serious study to “determine the size and characteristics of the nation’s recoverable coal, with the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

EU Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen warned on 5 June that Europe’s manufacturing industries are facing increasing challenges in ensuring access to the raw materials for their production. Many metallic minerals have to be imported into the EU and with the accelerating industrialisation of China, India and other developing countries, a global battle (for now mostly… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Could NATO send rapid-reaction armed forces into developing countries to protect Western oil and gas interests? This has to be some idiot claim made by some radical leftist conspiracy-believers, no? Well, not really. In reality it was NATO’s own Jamie Shea, who made the announcement during a conference in London last week (see Foreign Policy:… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I am not a big fan of Thomas Friedman’s ideas on globalisation (“The World is Flat”), but his analyis on the “power of green” in the International Herald Tribune (a reprint from the NY Times Magazine) on Sunday 15th is certainly worth spending a few words on. In the 10-page article, Friedman argues that the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The fifth European Business Summit, held from 15-16 March in Brussels, showed EU business leaders in an optimistic mood about the Union’s economic upturn but worried and confused about climate change. After 5 years of gloom and doom about the loss of competitiveness and economic growth, there was a much more upbeat atmosphere amongst the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

With the latest IPCC report behind us, there seems to be little doubt that the scientific debate is over and that it is now up to political, business and NGO leaders to come up with real actions instead of slogans. But do they already understand how radical the needed reforms will be and if they… » read more

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Since it became politically fashionable in the 1980s, the word “sustainable” has become so vague and misused that several ecologists have advised to give it up alltogether. American journalist and writer Richard Heinberg tries to rehabilitate the the term in one of his latest essays. He offers five axioms of sustainability which should form the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer